Magazine Freebies Roundup: July 2014

After a disappointing few months for the magazines, they’re back in force with a ton of free stuff for Summer. Huzzah!! Let’s start, as ever, with the ones I didn’t buy.

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Harpers Bazar has a free L’Occitane fragrance which seems like a rather adorable freebie. It wasn’t enough to tempt me, but if you are already a user of their fragrances, what a great way to get a travel size!

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In Style have a free Neals Yard handcream. As of this moment I have 7 tubes of handcream to use up, so this was really easy to resist.

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Elle have a Malin and Goetz travel set containing cleanser, face cream and lip balm. This is exactly the kind of thing I’d usually jump at, but I hadn’t heard of the brand, so it wasn’t a must have. Add that to the fact that Cheryl Cole was on the cover (can’t stand her) and it made it even easier to turn down.

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Red had a Rodial lip balm free, which sounded rather nice, but I have approximately 20 lipbalms already, and since I’ve recently picked a favourite I’m trying to cut down. (More on that later!) As a result, I didn’t get this.

Ok, so moving swiftly on to the magazines I did buy!

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Marie Claire had Katherine Heigl on the cover this month, which was really rather offputting. There’s something about her I just can’t bear; she’s so smug, and nowhere near as talented as she thinks she is. Anyway, I put that aside for the cool freebie; a Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm. Its a thick, sticky scrub which you slather onto your face, then the instructions say to remove with a cloth. I didn’t actually use a cloth the first time, trying to wash it off with just water, and it did not go well. Thick, sticky and immovable this stuff is! I eventually got it off, and my face was nice and smooth, but I’ll defo be using a cloth in future!

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Cosmopolitan had dear old Nicole on the cover, who I do like. Only worth mentioning cos I’ve been so negative about everyone else! Haha! Anyway, they were giving away some New CID cosmetics, a choice of a lip or cheek tint or a mascara. I went with the mascara, and was rather underwhelmed. I’ll update this later when I have pics, but for now safe to say it was rather generic.

photo 4Finally we have Glamour, my fave magazine, who brought me the best gift and the worst cover. Yep, hate Ellie too. Was the month for me to hate on cover stars! Anyway, it was a choice of Clinique products, which is rather cool. I already had the moisturiser and mascara full size, so I went with the lipstick instead. Again, will update later with pics, but it’s pretty decent!

So that was July. More quantity over quality maybe?? Hey, I’m just happy to have some freebies!!

 

Magazine Freebies Roundup; April 2014

It’s only just occurred to me that I forgot to post a magazine freebies review this month. Sacrilege! It was a pretty good one too, even though only one magazine had something on offer! Courtesy of In Style, I bring you Eyeko lash curlers!

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£12 worth of curlers for £4 is a steal, so it’s well worth the investment. These are good ones, too!

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The best thing about these was the nice solid grip; they felt super strong, and have wide, easy to use finger pads. They are also covered in dark blue velvet, making them comy to hold. I appreciate the hell out of this, as I used to use some with ‘scissor’ style handles that were very uncomfortable to use. These are lush. I took a close up to show the velvet, but I’m not sure you can really see it!

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I’m don’t think I need to say much to convince you these are worth the investment. Surely everyone uses eyelash curlers; they are undoubtedly the best thing you can do with your lashes. No amount of mascara is going to make a difference if you don’t curl first, as this picture proves. My bare lashes are on the left, and on the right all I’ve done is curled them once.

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So much more awake! Its hardly worth putting on mascara without waking up your lashes first, and these ones work perfectly. I usually blast my curlers with a hairdryer for 10 seconds before I curl, as it makes soo much difference; if you’ve never tried this, give it a go. You won’t regret it! In the meantime, I suggest you pop out and pick up a copy of In Style before the month ends!!

Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara

If there’s one beauty product I really can’t do without, it’s oil. I use coconut and olive oil as a hair mask, argan oil for my hair, I’m OBSESSED with oil cleanser and I think body oil trumps body cream every time. As a result, I’m always immediately intrigued anytime there’s oil added to a product. Recently I started wondering why nobody had added oils to a mascara, and low and behold, as if they had read my mind, the very next day I got an email from Eye of Horus, a new make-up range, in which they described their new mascara- infused with Moringa oil.

I literally had a little chuckle out loud when I read that, as it was exactly what I had been considering. They were nice enough to send me one, and that’s what I’m reviewing today; the Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara.

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I’ve actually had this one for a little while, as I’ve been following my new year’s resolution of using up my growth mascara’s first (eugh). I was so excited to finally get around to trying it, though. Can I first say how cute the bottle is? The shape is very Egyptian, and I love the little golden eye logo on the lid. So sweet.

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The brush is fab too; I’m always a sucker for a cool brush, and this one is awesome. Fine rubber bristles (the best kind) and shaped like an hourglass, which I don’t think I’ve seen before!

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It can look as pretty as it likes, of course, but the important thing is how it looks on your eye. Here’s me without mascara, and then one coat…..

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…and then 1 coat one the left, 2 on the right!

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As you can see, this does a really great job of picking up all the individual lashes and really defining them. That’s exactly what I want from a mascara; I’m not at all a fan of the spidery/clumpy ones, I like the ones that simply elongate and darken each strand. This one does exactly that, and really reminded  me of one of my favourite mascaras, Max Factor Lash Extension. Which can only be a good thing! It also made them look glossier and more ‘hollywood’ than some other mascaras, probably a result of the oil and the uber black pigment.

I was really pleased with this mascara. It does a great job of really opening up your eye and making your lashes fab and fluttery, which is perfect for the day, and also it layers up brilliantly for the evening. Fabulous stuff! If you’re interested you can find it here, or the whole range is available here. Well worth a look!

 

Products sent by PR for review purposes. I was not paid to review, and all opinions are my own.

SunSense SPF50 FaceCreams and Lipbalm Haul

I don’t know if anybody noticed but….it’s kinda sunny at the moment.

I mean like, really sunny. Finally! It feels like its been horrid weather forever! I can testify personally to this, as I’ve been following my running resolution and been going out on runs every lunch since January. You can imagine the slogs I’ve had; running in the pouring rain and wind. When I look back now, I’m amazed I actually kept it up. But I did, and in the back of my mind as the rain was soaking me to the skin while I trudged along was ‘it’s OK, it’ll be great in summer.’

For a while I thought summer might never come, but it did. The last few weeks I’ve been out running in blazing sunlight, and I can’t even tell you how great it’s been! I’ve discarded the long sleeve jacket and trousers and replaced it with a vest, shorts..and suncream.

Of course suncream! I am ginger, after all. And that leads me onto the product reviews I’m doing today. I’m actually really excited about this one, and I’ve been planning it for a while. I got send a lovely stash of goodies from Sunsense, an amazing suncream company from Australia. Being aussie, you can imagine they really know their stuff, and being ginger I had naturally heard of them. They are heralded as the suncream masters, the know-it-all’s of sun safety. I even overheard a woman in Boots saying that her doctor had told her to use it on her children. As a result, when the company got in touch, I was chomping at the bit. Here’s what I was sent…

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I use suncream literally every day, even in winter, so you can imagine how excited I was to get this amazing stash. The best thing is, they are specially formulated for use on the face.

We all know we should be using suncream, not just to protect ourselves from wrinkles etc, but also from serious risks like skin cancer. However, traditional suncream is pretty gross. I can testify to this, as I’ve spend years slathering on thick, horrid stuff that clogs your pores no end. On your face, this is especially awful, and so I’ve always been on the lookout for a nice light facial suncream. In the past I had settled for an SPF25 face cream, and resigned myself to covering my face in the extra thick factor 50 suncreams meant for your body whilst abroad, and putting up with the resulting breakouts. But not anymore. The products created by SunSense are nothing short of a revelation.

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 SunSense Anti-Ageing Face

First up we have this cream. Full of AHA’s and with Glycolic acid for anti-ageing, this has all the ingredients of a fancy face cream; but with the added bonus of SPF50! It’s got a light liquid consistency, fine and milky, as you can see below.

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When you first apply this, it does feel more like a traditional suncream than a face cream, as the consistency is slightly thicker than a basic face lotion. However, this quickly goes. It takes just a few minutes to soak into your skin after applying, and then it feels just like any other face cream; no whiteness, and it doesn’t leave you with a sticky face. It just feels like a super light, super fast absorbing face lotion; it makes your skin soft, with a gorgeous light texture, and with added anti-agening and SPF! According to the bottle, it also has “Vitamin E and 3% niacinamide, found to help improve the skin’s elasticity and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.” It’s also fragrance free, meaning you don’t get that distinctive suncreamy smell. What more can a girl ask for? I was impressed with the fact that this has such a high level of protection, and yet you can’t feel it. Fantastic.

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 SunSense Anti-Ageing Face Matte

Next up we have the ‘twin’ product to the above; as far as I can see, it’s exactly the same, except this one is tinted.

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As you can see, the consistency is the same. In the 2 pictures below, I first rubbed it a little, so you can see the consistency and the tint, and then I rubbed it in properly, in the picture on the left. as you can see, it completely vanishes.

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The final feeling is the same as the one above, soaks in nicely and feels soft, just with a slight coverage that makes your skin a little more radiant. I’d say that if you’re going to put makeup on over suncream, use the top one, whereas if you are a lover of tinted moisturiser, then this tinted one is perfect!

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 SunSense Lip Balm

I was soooo happy to get this one, as I don’t think there are enough high SPF lipbalms out there. in fact, I’m struggling to think of one over 15! But yes, lips need protection too people, and this little chap is perfect.

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With moisturising vitamin E as well as SPF50 UVA + UVB protection, this really is the perfect lipbalm. Its nice and thick but not sticky, goes on wonderfully and is the perfect thing to keep in your handbag in summer. I don’t go running without a thick layer of this now, and as summer comes I can’t imagine going out without it.

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 SunSense Daily Face

Finally we come to my absolute favourite product. This stuff is lush. Like, seriously. It’s SPF50, the same as the lotions, but has a lot thicker consistency, as you can see below.

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It’s a lot heavier, much more of a cream where the other 2 where lotions. It also feels gorgeous, a real indulgence. Here it is as before, slightly rubbed on to show the consistency, then completely rubbed in.

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As you can see, it vanishes completely, leaving your skin super soft, totally protected, and with that slight tint/glow that comes from a good BB cream. What can I say? I love it. It’s gorgeous. It would go well under makeup, or on its own, and it makes your skin so soft and fresh. I can totally see this becoming my new staple, particularly in summer when all you want to do is sling on the lightest coverage possible and get out the door. This is ideal; a lovely light cream that leaves your skin glowing, but with super high SPF. I’m wearing it right now, and my face feels soft and unclogged- just like a nice smooth face cream, but with secret SPF power! Fantastic! As I said at the start of the review, I’ve settled for an SPF25 face cream in the past, but I’ve always wanted a higher factor, and this is perfect.

I had a quick look on Amazon, and apparently this product is the number one bestseller in suncreams. I can totally see why. I haven’t stopped using it since I got it. I wear mine with a slick of pressed powder on top, as I like a matte finish, but if you are a lover of the dewy look, that is exactly what you will get with this. Either way, a worthy investment. You can also get 50% off it right now using the code DF50 if you follow this link; even better!

I’m seriously impressed with all these products, and I’ve already looked into ordering a big vat of their ‘SunSense Ultra’, the broad spectrum all over cream, just in time for summer. In the meantime, though, I’m just happy to have found a nice, light face cream with tons of SPF! It’s the dream! If you want to check out the entire range, head over here and take a look. I would highly recommend you do, as investing in the future of your skin is doubtless the best beauty decision you can make. In the meantime, enjoy the sunshine!!

 

Products sent by PR for review purposes. I was not paid to review, and all opinions are my own.

Magazine Freebies Roundup; March 2014

I’ve been whining for the last few months about the complete lack of freebies with magazines, and I’m glad to say there is finally a nice haul of stuff you can get this month. I am, however, a little worried that I may have been conditioned by my long period of freebie-fasting, as I have only bought one of them! The horror! Let’s hope this isn’t a long term affliction. Anyway, enough of my rambles, on to the freebies…

I’ve spotted four this month, and I’ll start with the least exciting one; Company.

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Company were offering their own branded mascara, the imaginatively named ‘Company Lashes’. It looked like a big one to me, a chunky brush somewhat similar to the Bourjois clubbing mascaras, and I tend to favour leaner brushes, so I didn’t get it.

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Marie Claire had a Neal’s Yard moisturizing lipgloss which looked quite cute, but I don’t really care for lipgloss, plus it looked a little dark for me, so I didn’t get it. Worth £9.50 though, so a worthy investment!

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Elle had the product that most tempted me of all the ones I didn’t buy; a Percy and Reed Wonder Balm, pitched as a hair primer! This intrigued me no end, but I’m not a huge fan of Elle, and I’ve been trying to use up my numerous hair products recently, so I skipped it. It looks adorable, though, so I may still try it…

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Glamour is the one I did buy, as I buy it every month anyway; it’s my absolute fave! Glamour were offering a freebie they’ve actually given away before; a choice of mascara, lipgloss, eyeliner and lipliner from brand Model Co. I got the same thing I got last time, the mascara, so you can check out my review here; my opinion hasn’t changed!

So that’s that! So glad to have freebies back again, I’ve missed them so. Let me know what freebies you get; especially if you get the Percy and Reed, I could easily be swayed towards it!

Itsu Crispy Seaweed Thins

Today’s review is a break from the usual beauty, and instead inspired by my new years resolutions and healthy eating kick. I love food, so dieting is always an issue for me, so any time I come across a low calorie snack I’m over the moon. As a result, imagine my delight when I spotted these beauties, the perfect low calorie snack.

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These are crispy seaweed thins by Itsu, and they are a genuine revalation. They are basically little dried crispy sheets of seaweed, and the ingredients are nothing more than seaweed, olive oil and salt. You get 12 sheets in a pack, each sheet approx 6 by 9 cm.

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The sheet is pretty big for eating at once, so I tend to chop each sheet into 4 bitesize bits. That way, they are much easier to eat, and it feels like you get more of them. Score!

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So the important thing; what do they taste like? In my opinion, delicious. They only bear a slight similarity to the crispy seaweed you get in Chinese takeaways, since that stuff is of course fried cabbage. The texture is the same, air light and delightfully crisp, but instead it has a definite taste of ‘ocean’. I don’t know how else to describe it! I guess it tastes a little like crab, but really it just tastes like the smell of salty sea air. Gorgeous.

The crispy texture is amazing, but if you leave them to dissolve on your tongue they will turn into a soggy mass, much more like real seaweed. I haven’t decided if I like them soggy yet, so I tend to crunch them down nice and fast. It’s the perfect savoury snack, and not only that; it’s only 24 calories a pack! Genius!

I buy these in a triple pack for £1.75 from Waitrose, and they really are worth it. Tasty and guilt free, they’ve become my favourite snack, and you should definitely give them a go!

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation

Helloooooo kids!

I’m pretty excited about today’s review(Staple switch!), but before I jump in I’m going to start with a quick Resolution update. I’ve not checked my weight in a while, although my diet has been iffy to be honest so I doubt much has changed. This is down to a LOT of social engagements recently, and just being naughty in general. I’m happy to say, though, that I’ve still managed to stick to my oath not to have any snack foods. Go me! The best part, though, is that I’ve managed to stick to my exercise pledge. I now run every day except Sundays, 2 miles every day except Saturday when I run 3. I’m really pleased I’ve managed to stick to it, and though I’m still not good I’m getting better. I’m also getting to the point where I’m actually starting to enjoy it, which is something I never thought would happen! I have my first race tomorrow, a 5k, and I’m pretty nervous, but I also cannot WAIT to get my hands on my finishers medal. It’s become something of a fixation!

So, onto the beauty bit of this review. Today I’m reviewing a foundation I picked up recently, Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation in shade 010, Light Porcelain.

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Regular readers will know I have a love for Bare Minerals foundation that cannot be usurped. That stuff aint’ cheap, however, and since I’ve been washing all my makeup off at my midday post-run shower I wanted a little bottle of liquid foundation that I wouldn’t be so bothered about cleaning off twice a day. Enter this little beauty. It’s the ‘squeezable’ version of their infamous matte mousse foundation, apparently the best selling foundation in the UK. I’d tried that stuff before, and though I loved the texture, the lightest shade made me look bright orange. Gutting. As soon as I spotted this one, though, my hopes were raised. Porcelain sounded more promising than Ivory, and sure enough this shade is beautifully pale. I’d even go as far to say it may be the palest liquid foundation I’ve ever seen!

It’s a truly gorgeous texture. Thick, whipped and luxurious, this stuff feels amazing going on. Here’s a snap to show the moussey goodness!

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This stuff also delivers wonderfully on coverage. It’s nice and thick, and covers your skin in a super-soft veil, getting rid of all evils. My biggest skin bugbear is redness; being pale, I have very red cheeks, as well as red skin around my eyes, and this stuff covers both wonderfully. See below…

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As you can see, it has straight away covered up all the redness on my cheeks, nose, chin and eyes, and has left me with a pale, flawless coverage. Even the freckles and tinge of pink on my forehead are gone! It really has done a lovely job, and I’m so pleased.

It feels really nice to use, creamy and soft, but make sure you don’t use a primer with it. It’s so thick that it really sinks into your skin, so if you have a primer it just sits on top of it and slides about. Not a good look! On plain, moisturized skin, though, its a miracle, and at only £5.99 a super cheap miracle!

I thoroughly recommend this stuff; it’s made its way to being my go-to daily foundation, leaving Bare Minerals for more special occasions. There are a number of shades, too, so I suggest you try it out asap! You won’t be disappointed!

 

Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara

Hi chaps!

My goodness, I have been rubbish haven’t I. I’m sorry for the fail; my only excuse is that I’ve been focusing so hard on my resolutions, my dear blog fell a little by the wayside. The only good news is that in the last month, I have discovered a cavalcade of new products and beauty regimes that I can’t wait to share with you!

A quick note on my resolutions; they are going so well. I’ve got into running in a big way; I now go every day, and I’ve signed up for my first 5k! Yikes! I’ve also not caved on any of my banned foods, not even close. Looking good so far!!

Ok, so onto today’s review, which is a product that came out mid last year; Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara.

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I tried this at the time, the palest shade of the three available, and was massively underwhelmed, so didn’t bother. Recently, howver, what with my running and showers at lunch time, I’ve needed a low maintenance, easy to carry makeup set. I don’t want to spend ages on makeup I’ll wash off and reapply at lunch, so I’ve switched to a small set of simple basics, and that made me reconsider this mascara. I went back, and this time I picked up the medium shade, Medium Brown. Even though I use the lightest brow shade normally, this is such light coverage I figured I could get away with it, and I was right. I thoroughly recommend that you go for a darker shade, if you want to buy this; however light you usually go, the light blonde/brown is basically unnoticeable.

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This is what the brush itself looks like; a strange little ball shape. I think it makes it slightly easier to apply, but not hugely different from the clear mascara I usually top my brows off with. It just goes on like regular mascara, tinted and with a dry feeling finish. Here’s a comparison; plain brow on the left, brow mascara on the right.

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As you can see, there is a difference. It’s not massive, but it definitely darkens and defines the brow. Here’s a shot from further out, with mascara on the left brow and the right one left bare.

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I think the difference is more obvious here. It darkens the hairs, and makes them much more neat the whole way down. It’s no miracle worker, but it does the basic job.

It’s absolutely no substitute for the fabulous MUA brow palette, but if like me you want a low maintenance, super speedy, travel friendly way to define your eyebrows, then this will do fine, and at only £4.99 it’s not bank breaking either. A great travel substitute; just pick a dark shade!!

New Years Resolutions 2014

Happy New Year everyone!

I absolutely LOVE New Year. Not the night itself, obviously- that tends to be pretty unremarkable. I just mean the concept in general. I love the idea of starting afresh, and even though it’s technically just an arbitrary day, it makes me feel like anything is possible. I always set myself a resolution, and I’ve never given it up- for the entirety of 2012 I gave up Chocolate, and I managed it just fine! With that in mind, I have decided to set myself a much larger, and infinitely more life changing set of resolutions this year.

snacking1) Give up Chocolate, Sweets, Cakes, Crisps, Ice Cream and Biscuits.

Basically, all the delicious things that are clearly bad for me. I’ve needed to lose weight for a while, and though I’ve had varying success here and there, I’m determined this year I’m going to do it. So I’m giving all that up, and as a result will be treating myself with yogurt and fruit this year. Mmm…

running-feet 2) Exercise Every Day

This one was originally ‘run every day’, but being realistic I don’t think this is possible. I went out for a run yesterday, the first day of the month, and even though it went amazingly (more on that below; see point 7!) my hips are in agony this morning, to the point I can barely move. I’m assuming that the excess weight I’m carrying, added to my total lack of running expertise, has resulted in the pain, but I really can’t see myself being able to run today. Instead, I’m going to hit the gym later and go on the stationary bike, then lift some weights. I’m hoping that will give my hips enough of a rest that I’ll be good to run tomorrow. But yes, that’s the goal; even if it’s only a 20 minute weight lifting session, some form of exercise every day. I’m determined to do it!

4429422_267894_flossing 3) Floss Every Day

I’m so-so with my flossing, but this year I’m determined to step it up. I’ll be using my water-jet flosser every morning, and then proper dental floss every night. In the past, whenever I’ve become militant with my flossing regime it’s resulted in my teeth looking whiter almost immediately, so I’m excited to see the results!

Those are the big 3, the ones I absolutely must do, every single day, without fail. Now onto my ‘semi resolutions’, the ones I’m going to make an effort with but allow myself some slips.

ghd-jewel-amethyst-set4) No Heat Treating my Hair

The condition of my hair has been getting worse and worse, dry with horrible split ends. I always wrote this off as just my hair type, and yet I was blow-drying and straightening constantly without using heat spray. You could call this willfull ignorance, but I think it has more to do with the fact that I had never really found a shampoo/conditioner that made any difference to my hair, no matter how much I spent, so I figured it was beyond help. Anywho, last year I stumbled upon a (discontinued) conditioner that made my hair INCREDIBLE, and it made me realise the potential it had. As  result, this year I’m totally focused on letting it heal up. I’m going to grow it out, use hair masks at least once a week, and most importantly NOT heat treat it. This is going to be pretty tricky, as my hair is that annoying wavy type which either needs curling, straightening or blow drying to make it look nice, but fortunately I stumbled upon a hair wrapping technique that makes it dry naturally, but still straight. As a result, I’m going to endeavour to leave the heat stylers alone this year, unless it’s a dire, utter emergency. Hopefully this will result in my hair ending up like Andrex toilet paper; soft, strong and long!

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Last year I managed to get my nails looking pretty fabulous- that’s a picture of them on the left! Long and gorgeous, and not the norm for me! But then, over about 2 weeks they all broke off. Devastating. Anyway, this year I’m going to attempt to recreate that, and make my nails super long again! I’m keeping hand and nail cream on my desk, and am gonna paint growth polish on every day, if I can.

fresh-fruit-and-vegetables6) Eat Good Food

This ties in with my diet plan, but also point 7 below. I’m going to attempt to have great food every day- live yogurt, fish, vegetables, lean meats etc; all the things my body needs for ultimate nutrition. I recently watched the documentary ‘Food Matters’, and I really recommend it; even though it should be obvious, it really opened my eyes so much to how important good nutrition is, and the difference it can make. As a result, I’m going to try and eat healthy, clean food as much as I can. I’ll allow myself time off for birthdays, restaurant trips etc, but even then I’m doing to be good, if I can. For example, every Tuesday me and the boyf have a ‘date night’, where we go to a restaurant and then to the cinema. From now on, we’re going to have dinner in Wetherspoons, as Tuesday is steak night, and I’ll be trading steak and chips for steak and salad. Carb free, cavewoman food ftw! As a result, I’m hoping to see not only a change in my weight, but also the signs of a body being fed the right foods!

circular-massage-skin-care7) Stick to a Skincare Regime

My skin has started looking iffy over the last few months, mainly due to some random binge eating of bad foods. It’s been lifeless, oily and with sporadic outbreaks, to the point where I was no longer brave enough to go makeup free, something I would usually do a few times a week. I’m hoping the change in diet detailed above will make a difference here, but I’m also planning to step up my skincare. I jump around through lots of different products, and use them on and off, but in the last year I’ve managed to find a few I really love. As a result, I’ve resolved to settle into a proper routine, which I’ll detail in a future post! Basically, though, I’ll be cleansing morning and night, using day and night cream and eye cream as well as a spot clearing toner. I’ve been doing this for a few days, and I’m already seeing results! Win!

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This is directly related to the documentary I watched, and one speaker in particular; David Wolfe. His enthusiasm about superfoods was catching, and I’ve always been a little obsessed with superfoods anyway, just not been consistent with it. On his say, I’ve bought up a few, and I’m going to attempt to have them every day. I’ll detail these more in another post, but I’m already seeing results; a ‘green drink’ (pictured to the left) made of a mix of superfood powders was all I had to eat before my run yesterday, and I cannot tell you the difference it made. I’ve been building up to my new year runs with a  few practice ones over the last few months, and even when I had been running regularly, the best I managed was to run the 25 minute time with one 3 minute walking break. Yesterday, however, after not running for 3 weeks and all the Christmas indulgence, I managed to run the whole 25 minutes without stopping. I cannot TELL you how pleased I was. I’m really not a runner (and I should clarify, my running is a steady jog, not proper running), and I’ve always struggled with it, and yet this super juice powdered me though without stopping. This is the first time in my life I’ve ever run that long without a break, and it’s really spurred me on, both with the running and the superfoods. Supplements ftw!

save-money19) Save Money

I make a good wage, but I’m a terrible shopaholic, and as a result I spend it as fast as I get it. This year, however, I’m being realistic about the fact that, with my late twenties approaching, I’ll need to start saving for a house. As a result, I’m resolving to save £1,000 every single month. I’ve already set up a direct debit to take £250 every Friday, and I’ll be cutting back drastically on spending on myself, leaving the remainder for bills, food and other necessities, with the occasional treat. It’ll be tough, but necessary, and I’m really, really gonna try. My future literally depends on it!

dynamiclash_banner_nyheter_eng10) Use Growth Mascara

I actually have pretty long lashes already, but I’ve managed to stash up 3 different growth mascaras, simply because I don’t like the finish- they’re all a bit clumpy for my taste. This year, though, I’ve decided to burn through them, so I’ll be reaching for growth mascara only until they are all used up, with the side effect that my lashes should get even longer!

photography-love (1)11) Take a Picture Every Day

I suppose this would count as a proper resolution, as if I don’t do it everyday it’s kinda pointless, but it’s not as important to me as the others, so I’m ousting it. Basically, I’m gonna try and take a snapshot every day, a memento of my year! Here’s January 1st- my boyfriend having a nap with my kitten!

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12) Drink 3 Litres of Water a Day.

I already drink 2 most days, so 3 will be a challenge, but for the sake of my skin, and my diet, I’m gonna give it a shot!

 

 

Phew! Quite a list! I’m pretty sure I can do it, though; I’m always best cold turkey, and the New Year gives me an incredible amount of energy to make good changes. I’ll keep my progress reports coming on here, and in the meantime let me know your resolutions; I’d love to hear them! x

 

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Boots Advent Calendar Days 11-20.

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Wow, I’ve been pretty rubbish huh! I can only blame a hectic festive schedule! So without much further ado, days 11-20 of the advent calendar!

 Day 11: Ghost Perfume

Another Ghost scent! I’ve not tried this one before, but it’s nice and fresh, a light day scent with an edge.

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Day 12: Boots Salon Nail Shine Solution

This one caused me no end of excitement;  a salon nail polish! What fun!

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Apparently it contains sea kelp to encourage shine, but really another treatment nail polish is fun enough for me!

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Day 13: Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10 for Eyes and Lashes

I wasn’t overly impressed by this at first, but then I looked closer at the label and realised it was a lash serum!? How fascinating! A quick google tells me it’s meant to illuminate the eye area and volumise lashes, which is pretty exciting! Can’t wait to try it!

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Day 14: Ghost Moonlight

Ghost again! They must have had a deal with Boots! Ha! This one is quite rich, suitable for evening, but not too strong; no ghost scent ever is!

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Day 15: 17 Tattoo Me Semi Permanent Liquid Eyeliner

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This one didn’t excite me too much, as I have tons of eyeliner, the brush wasn’t particularly fine and the consistency of the formula is very thick and hard to control

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It does draw a decent line, though, although I’m not sure how easy it would be to manouver on my eyelid.

IMG_8076 I can also vouch for the tattoo, semi permanent effect; this stuff would not budge. This is after soap, water and a lot of scrubbing:

IMG_8075 2 days later, after a shower and a bath, and if I look closely I can still see tiny speckles of black on my hand. Utterly, utterly immovable!!!!!!

 Day 16: Pink Spotty Nail File

I’m not a big fan of ‘puffy’ nail files, so I probably won’t use this, but that’s nothing against the file itself; I’m sure it’s perfectly decent! I just prefer the super skinny, rock hard ones (No pub intended..)

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Day 17: Soap and Glory Flake Away Scrub

I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed this before, as I love it. It’s a really thick, sugary scrub, and it smells AMAZING; seriously, the first time I bought this I didn’t even need a scrub, I just loved the smell.  I’ll put a full review up soon, but in the meantime, if you’re in Boots, give it a sniff. Trust me.

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Day 18: Juicy Couture La La perfume

Another perfume mini- a nice enough scent, light and sugary, but it leaked everywhere! I had barely any left in the bottle! Gah.

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Day 19: Carmex Lipbalm

This is a classic, the king of lipbalms. Thick and waxy, with a strong medical scent, this won’t be for everyone, but boy does it soften!

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 Day 20: Mavala Nail Polish Shade 53

 Another Mavala shade; hard to get excited when I have tons of red polish, but nice enough.

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I wish I’d had the time to review these on the day, as it’s hard for them to make an impact in one go. The Carmex and the body scrub are probably my fave, but I’m pretty excited about the eye/lash serum! x